The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is currently seeking vessels to participate in a red king crab tagging project.

Written August 15th, 2014

The project will be conducted during the month of October and will consist of 6-7 days of fishing in Pybus Bay.  Vessels should be able to travel with and haul 40-50 pots a day. In addition to the skipper, vessels also are required to have 2 deck hands and room for one biologist.  The department will cover expenses associated with fuel, bait and provide a fixed daily charter rate for the vessel.  The vessel owner/operator will need to provide food and gear.

Interested persons should contact Adam Messmer @ 907-465-4853

Resources For All Alaskans will Continue to Back Treadwell, State in Quest to Prevent Job Killing Initiative from Appearing on August 2016 Ballot

Written August 4th, 2014

Resources for All Alaskans (RFAA) is releasing the following statement regarding a Superior Court Judge’s decision to allow the proposed Set Netter Ban to potentially appear on the August 2016 Alaska Primary ballot.
“If passed, this initiative would immediately destroy the jobs and livelihoods of more than 500 Alaskan families,” said Jim Butler, President of RFAA. “The set netter ban would destroy jobs and have a massive, negative impact on the businesses, industries, and communities that they support throughout Southcentral Alaska.”
“The precedent set by this initiative alone will have permanent negative effects on Alaska industry and development. If we allow groups to allocate specific resources by initiative, who will be next? Mining? Oil and gas? It’s wrong and fundamentally Read more…

Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship

Written July 28th, 2014

Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/938077/Bad-news-for-fisheries-in-Alaska-as-politics-and-lobbying-trump-science-and-stewardship

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  [News Analysis]  July 28, 2014
Two unrelated decsions on Friday represented bad news for Alaska’s fabled commercial fisheries.

First, The Alaska Superior Court on Friday overturned a lower court decision invalidating a fish grab by the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association.

That group put forward a ballot initiative that would eliminate all commercial setnets in the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.  Alaska’s attorney general declined to certify the initiative, saying it was a taking of a state economic asset, which cannot be done by initiative, Read more…

2014 NORTHERN SOUTHEAST INSIDE (CHATHAM) SABLEFISH HARVEST OBJECTIVE REDUCED BY 26% FROM 2013

Written July 1st, 2014

Contact:
Sitka Area Office
Kristen Green
304 Lake St. Room 103
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: (907) 747-6688
Date: June 30, 2014
Fax: (907) 747-6693
Time: 10:00 a.m.
2014 NORTHERN SOUTHEAST INSIDE (NSEI) SUBDISTRICT SABLEFISH FISHERY ANNUAL HARVEST OBJECTIVE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces today that the 2014 NSEI Subdistrict commercial sablefish fishery annual harvest objective (AHO) is 745,774 round pounds. There are 78 valid Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) permits for 2014, therefore the individual equal quota share (EQS) is 9,561 round pounds (a 26% decrease from the 2013 EQS of 12,848 round pounds). The AHO is based on the sablefish acceptable biological catch (ABC) with decrements made for sablefish mortality in other fisheries.
NSEI Read more…

Vessels Sought For Participation In Proposed Electronic Monitoring Pilot Project

Written September 21st, 2013

ALFA (Linda Behnken/Dan Falvey) with assistance from PVOA is developing an Electronic Monitoring (EM) Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) for an EM pilot project over the next three years that would allow a percentage of vessels to be removed from the human observer pool and have EM equipment installed on their vessels in lieu of a human observer.  The EFP must be submitted to NMFS by October 1 of this year, for review and approval before it can be implemented.  An EFP is necessary because the project would require that vessels equipped with EM also be exempted from regulations requiring a human observer.  Two grad students from UAJ have been hired to develop the sampling designs and statistical analysis necessary to provide statistically reliable data on species ID, length/weight, discard Read more…

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